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Randy Mazey and the Mountaineers sign Country Roads following a 5-4 win over No. 2 TCU. Randy Mazey and the Mountaineers sign Country Roads following a 5-4 win over No. 2 TCU.

After making history over the weekend, the West Virginia (21-13) makes the short drive to Charleston, West Virginia, to take on in-state rival Marshall (18-17) at Appalachian Power Park.

Kade Strowd (1-0, 2.84 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Mountaineers against Will Ray (1-1, 4.20 ERA) of the Thundering Herd at 6 p.m.

WVU is fresh off defeating then-No. 2 TCU twice in this past weekend’s three-game set. The Mountaineers could have swept last season’s Big 12 Tournament Champions, but blew a five-run lead in the eighth inning of Saturday’s game. The Horned Frogs scored five runs to take a lead that they would not relinquish and won their only game of the series.

With the series win, the Mountaineers are up to No. 8 in the latest RPI rankings and also appeared in the four other major polls for the first time this season. WVU is No. 21 in Baseball America’s rankings, No. 24 in the NCBWA poll and No. 25 in the Coaches Poll and the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

“We went into this season saying ‘hey, we’re out to prove something,’” WVU head coach Randy Mazey told reporters after Sunday’s win. “They keep telling us we’re not good enough to play in the postseason, so that’s what we’ve been using for motivation. The best way to motivate this team is to tell them they can’t do something.”

Strowd is making his third start of the season despite pitching this past Saturday. Strowd tossed 1.1 innings and allowed one run on two hits. Strowd walked two batters and did not strike out any batters. He may not last long in this game because of how recently he pitched.

Strowd last started on Apr. 4 against Kansas, going 3.2 innings and allowing two runs on five hits. The freshman right-hander did not walk any batters and struck out four on only 69 pitches.

WVU last played Marshall on Apr. 4 in a slugfest at Monongalia County Ballpark. The Mountaineers won 14-7, thanks largely to a six-run fourth inning. WVU first baseman Jackson Cramer led the Mountaineers by going 3-6 and finishing a triple away from the cycle. 

WVU starter Isaiah Kearns struggled, allowing seven runs over 5.2 innings. Since then, Kearns has not made a start.  

Marshall is 6-3 since falling to WVU. The Thundering Herd dropped two of three to Florida Atlantic this weekend and is 7-8 in the C-USA.

The Mountaineers enter Tuesday night’s game having won eight of their last 11 games and have won five straight weekend series. In terms of weekday games, WVU is 5-2 and is 2-1 in Tuesday games.

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